The Saints and Sinners Literary Festival was founded in 2003 as a new initiative designed as an innovative way to reach the community with information about HIV/AIDS, particularly disseminating prevention messages via the writers, thinkers and spokes-people of the LGBT community. It was also formed to bring the LGBT literary community together to celebrate the literary arts.
The Festival has grown into an internationally-recognized event that brings together a who’s who of LGBT publishers, writers and readers from throughout the United States and beyond. The Festival, held over 3 days each spring at the Hotel Monteleone in the New Orleans French Quarter, features panel discussions and master classes around literary topics that provide a forum for authors, editors and publishers to talk about their work for the benefit of emerging writers and the enjoyment of fans of LGBT literature.
Become a member and support the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival, showcasing a who’s who of LGBT publishers, writers and readers from throughout the United States and beyond. Membership has great benefits, such as Festival discounts, passes, merchandise, and recognition! All members receive Festival updates via e-newsletter. Thank you for supporting SASFest!
“Saints & Sinners is hands down one of the best places to go to revive a writer’s spirit. Imagine a gathering in which you can lean into conversations with some of the best writers and editors and publishers in the country, all of them speaking frankly and passionately about the books, stories and people they love and hate and want most to record in some indelible way. Imagine a community that tells you truthfully what is happening with writing and publishing in the world you most want to reach. Imagine the flirting, the arguing, the teasing and praising and exchanging of not just vital information, but the whole spirit of queer arts and creation. Then imagine it all taking place on the sultry streets of New Orleans’ French Quarter. That’s Saints & Sinners—the best wellspring of inspiration and enthusiasm you are going to find. Go there.”
The winner will be selected from submissions of original, unpublished short stories between 3,000 and 7,000 words with LGBT content on the broad theme of “Saints and Sinners.” This contest would not be possible without a generous grant from The John Burton Harter Foundation. Thanks to Salem West (pictured) who will serve as this year’s judge. More about Salem HERE.
Entry fee: $20 per story. There is no limit on the number of stories each author may enter.
Deadline: October 1, 2020 (postmark) Submissions for the 12th Annual Contest are now open.
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Our home base in the French Quarter of New Orleans offers a singular environment to an equally singular Festival. New Orleans has served as the muse to some of America’s most creative and well-known writers.
Even our conference hotel, the Hotel Monteleone, is an official Literary Landmark—eternalized by Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner, Truman Capote, and Ernest Hemingway in their writing and their personal trips to the Crescent City. While at the hotel for the Festival, why not stop by the famed Carousel Bar, a favorite haunt of Williams? It’s said that Williams found inspiration for his characters from the Carousel guests. Who knows? You many find your very own Stanley or Stella sitting next to you sipping a Ramos Gin Fizz at the Carousel Bar.
If you’re staying just during the Festival dates (March 27-29), you can book online by CLICKING HERE.
Call the hotel directly at 866-338-4684 if you’re planning an early arrival or extended stay outside the Festival dates. Be sure to ask for the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival block rate which applies to SASFest as well.
Paul J. Willis, Director
A Project of the
Tennessee Williams/New Orleans
938 Lafayette St., Suite 514
New Orleans, LA 70113
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